I played a lot of board games growing up, because I was an aggressively unathletic kid who appreciated any socially acceptable excuse to play with toys, and games are essentially toys with rules (this is a phase I have yet to grow out of). And competition is an integral part of most games, so a certain amount of skullduggery among friends is to be expected. However, there are some games, regardless of how fun or awesome they may be, that seem to have been designed for the explicit purpose of ruining friendships. The following board games are virtually guaranteed to leave you and your friends feeling so bitter that the rules might as well read “Stuff corpse shit into an electric toaster and leave it cooking in the center of the table while players take turns screaming racism into each other’s open mouths until both slots pop up and scald everyone’s faces with zombie diarrhea.” Read more on Cracked…
This is just concept art right now, the final design is TBD but Game Salute is currently developing a Princess Bride board game. They write, “In order to do justice to the entire story, The Princess Bride: The Board Game is comprised of individual scenes, with each scene presenting a mini-game that advances players through the central story. This allows players looking for a quick, fun visit to a beloved classic to play a game that lasts under an hour, while players who want to experience the entire Princess Bride story in one sitting can enjoy an epic day of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.” Read more…
I never played Guess Who? all that much as a child, which might explain why I never realized how imbalanced it is in terms of gender. Or maybe I just wasn’t as perceptive as this six-year-old girl, who not only noticed that there are only five girls compared to 19 boys, but also took the time to write to Hasbro about it. Reads her letter:
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To Whom It May Concern At Parker Brothers:
Please make this “Wire”-inspired mockup of Monopoly a reality. I need it. I need it the way Bubbles needs smack. Speaking of which, I would also like to humbly suggest the addition of Omar Little, Stringer Bell, Marlo Stanfield, Avon Barksdale, and Prop Joe game pieces. (I promise not to make the Omar and Stringer game pieces make out.) Anyway, can you get started on this soon? I would like it for Christmas. Please don’t make me bust a cap in your ass.
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This Thanksgiving week, I would like to give a personal shout out to the creator of Foodie Fight, a game which combines two of my favorite pastimes — somewhat useless trivia and eating. This Trivial Pursuit-style game tests your knowledge of everything from “culinary science and celebrity chefs to food history and exotic cuisine.” For example: “What kind of shank is used to prepare Italian <i>osso bucco</i>?” I know! I know! Veal? “Congrats, you are correct!” Consider me starved for more.
First, of course, came “Clue.” Then Ridley Scott announced he was making a big screen version of Monopoly. Then came “Battleship,” starring the gorgeous Taylor Kitsch. Then “Clue,” again, as a Gore Verbinski-directed remake was teased last year. Now, Hollywood is officially addicted to creating movies based on board games. Today, we get new details on “Candy Land,” the movie based on, well, you know. But don’t expect the Peppermint Forest and Gumdrop Mountains to be as sweet as they sound. Jonathan Aibel, who penned “Kung Fu Panda 2″ and is working on the “Candy Land” script, says that this movie will be epic in scale. “We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy,” he says. Keep reading »
Ain’t no T-H-A-N-G. Did you know that latest edition of Scrabble includes 3,000 new words? Sure does, G-R-R-L! The new Scrabble approved words are a mixture of technological terms, colloquialisms, proper nouns, and slang phrases that have gained popularity since the 2007 version of the game. Naturally, some of these slang terms have hardcore players feeling uncomfortable while others find the new list progressive. So tell everyone you know on F-A-C-E-B-O-O-K about this very important news you read on our W-E-B-Z-I-N-E. Get your word ready. Scrabble is about to get B-L-I-N-G-Y, I-N-N-I-T? [The Scotsman] Keep reading »
With the Monopoly board’s new circular shape, it’s easier to throw when you get frustrated after four exhaustive hours of pretending to buy property. [Pop Crunch] Keep reading »
Back in the third grade, my best friend Jess and I were obsessed with the movie “Clue.” We watched the video every day after school and knew all three endings backwards and forwards, mostly because we were obsessed with Tim Curry and Michael McKean. Turns out that Jess and I weren’t the only fanatics—the movie is being remade by none other than Gore Verbinski, the CGI genius who turned a corny theme park attraction into the megazillion dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Will Colonel Mustard, with a pipe, in the billiard room, be our new Jack Sparrow? Yes please!
We love our “Clue,” but the game is pretty unique: it’s already plot-oriented, it has glam characters (Miss Scarlett! Mr. Plum!), and a creepy mansion setting. But we’re a little dubious about these other board games that are being turned into movies. Seriously—flicks based on Monopoly, Candy Land, Battleship, and Ouija? Keep reading »
Do you ever notice how conversation always turns to sex and relationships when you’re having cocktails with friends? It’s probably because your inhibitions get drowned the more you drink. Well this board game is the perfect accompaniment to cocktail convo because it tests your sex IQ and asks funny personal questions. Plus, you’ll learn a lot about your friends’ personal lives when you try to guess their answers to some really tantalizing trivia. [$14.99, Amazon.com] Keep reading »